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What is the significance of the direwolf deaths? Is there a hidden meaning?

In Season 1 of Game of Thrones, we saw six direwolf cubs. They match exactly to the Stark children in terms of gender and the one outcast (Jon Snow and Ghost). In five episodes of season 6, we have ...
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Is Lt. Columbo psychic?

So I was watching the old Columbo series, and saw a pattern again and again. Many times, there were no clues against a certain suspect, but still Columbo zoomed in on him/her, and kept asking ...
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What was the point of the interplay between Richard Riddick and Dahl in Riddick?

In Riddick, we get to see something of a "lust triangle" between Santana, Dahl, and Riddick. Now, Dahl, when in dialogue with Santana, states that she doesn't "fuck guys". She is subsequently referred ...
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Why didn't Lou hide from the gangster in the climax of “Nightcrawler”?

After the car crash, even after his partner got shot (his impromptu to kill Rick) while filming the gangster, Lou keeps filming the incident without hiding from the gangster. This scene didn't make ...
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Is the Reimagined Battlestar a reboot or a sequel to the Original Battlestar?

The Reimagined Battlestar started as a remake, or reboot (no real difference) to the original Battlestar Galactica. Due to changes in audience expectations, it was grittier, more realistic than the ...
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Did Miles Dyson kill all these policemen?

I stumbled upon this recent question about Terminator 2, in particular about the scene where Miles Dyson dies after having been wounded lethally and trying to buy time for the others by detonating a ...
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Was the Wheel of Pain actual or allegorical?

My contention (once I got past my teenage years) was that the Wheel of Pain, in the original Conan the Barbarian movie, was supposed to be alegorical...a symbol of Conan's difficult upbringing as a ...
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Is Dogville inspired from Hitchcock's Rear Window?

Watching these 2 movies I found similarities between them. The visual city in Dogville reminds me of Rear Window, where the hero is watching to everything from his window. Is this a case of an ...
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Loophole in the Night's Watch oath?

Let's take take a look at the oath of the Night's Watch from Game of Thrones: "Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father ...
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What would be the equivalent of the carnivorous island?

Towards the end of the movie Life Of Pi, we are given a new vision of the events depicted in the story. The writer that interviews the main character explains that the Zebra, Orang-Utan, Hyena, and ...
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Why the name change from Hewitt to Sawyer?

I just watched the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013) and I don't understand where the name Sawyer came in. In the original as well as the version with Jessica Beil, the name was Hewitt. "Footage ...
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Why was Roger Ebert considered one of the greatest film critics?

There have been many film critics in the world, but no one seems as influential as Roger Ebert. If you check the wikipedia page of any movie, it's very likely that, in the reception section, they ...
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Why is crossdressing so common in Looney Tunes and related WB Cartoons?

Going back to the beginning of Warner Bros cartoons, I always seen Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and other characters like Elmer and Taz crossdressing for various bits. Why is this such a reoccurring theme ...
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What is the significance of the scene where Karen and Monnitoff briefly talked about Donnie Darko?

This is about the scene in Donnie Darko where Karen (English teacher) and Monnitoff (Science teacher) have this conversation: Monnitoff: Donnie Darko. Karen: I know. Both of them laugh ...
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What is the in-universe significance of different colours of lightsabers in Star Wars?

In the Star Wars universe Jedi use different colours of lightsabers. I have noticed blue, green and purple in Star Wars original and prequel trilogy (I heard there are more lightsaber colours too). ...
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Why does John Reese always speak with such a low voice volume?

I've been watching Person of Interest and couldn't help but notice how quiet John's voice is. So my question is: why? Is it to make the character appear more professional or something? Is the ...
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Why are there no guns in Alien³?

I remember watching Aliens and being amazed with the variety of guns, war vehicles and ammunition shown. My expectation was that Alien³ would have at least as much action involving guns and in general ...
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What does the title “Reservoir Dogs” mean?

Aside from speculations of the title coming from Tarantino's mispronunciation of the French film name, what meaning does Reservoir Dogs have in context of the actual story line?
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What does the pink teddy bear represent in Breaking Bad?

After the plane crash in season 2 of breaking bad a pink teddy bear falls into Walts pool. We see the bear in several scenes before the plane crash in previous episodes of the season. In these ...
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Is Tony in love with Gina?

Throughout Brian DiPalma's 1983 classic, Scarface, Tony Montana has an odd relationship with his sister Gina. His attitude toward her ranges from overprotective to jealous to generous, and just about ...
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What were the suits in the pack of cards used in Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows

This pack of cards is owned by the fortune teller. It includes the Two of Cups, The Fool and The Devil. When was this version of cards in common use?
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Is Dr.Crane/Scarecrow part of the League of Shadows?

He originally works for Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins poisoning patients with his neuro-toxin. And in the Dark Knight Rises he is appointed judge of the court trying the rich and powerful. Is he part ...
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Is Bane just an agent in Talia's plan, or is he the true mastermind?

At the end of the movie, it is established that Bane would die for Talia, and that she is dedicated to completing Ra's Al Ghul's plan to destroy Gotham. It seems that Bane takes point as "Gotham's ...
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What is the significance of 45 Years Movie?

What is the significance of 45 Years? What does it want to convey in the ending scene by the subtle emotions of kate during the anniversary party?
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Did Batman break his one rule?

In the final scene of The Dark Knight, we see Batman go on a final confrontation with the corrupted Dent. Dent, hell bent on making Batman and Gordon pay for Rachel's death, flips his trademark ...
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Train scene in the movie “Shame”

My question is about a scene in the movie Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan directed by Steve McQueen. Train Scene 1 : In the beginning of the movie, Brandon(Michael Fassbender) is ...
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Is Walter White's character designed so we will be sympathetic to him?

Is Walter White from Breaking Bad intended to be a sympathetic character? I'm just asking this myself because I don't do so. But have a lot of respect for the character. My personal point of view is ...
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What is the meaning of children playing with sun rays in Le Meraviglie?

A couple times in the movie, two sisters play with sun rays. Is there any symbol or allegory in these scenes? This question comes from the "special" games in the scenes. In one, the older sister asks ...
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Meaning of the 'magic circle' quote

Can you explain the meaning of the following quote from Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly? We draw a magic circle around ourselves to shut out everything that doesn’t fit our secret games. ...
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What is the significance of the appearance of the wolf?

Near the end of Fantastic Mr. Fox, and just after the film's climax, Mr. Fox, Ash, Kristofferson and Kylie encounter a wolf. Like the scene, the wolf seemingly came randomly and out of nowhere (with ...
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Was the little girl at Lerner Airfield real?

When the passengers of Con Air arrive at Lerner Airfield serial killer Garland Greene goes on a little scouting trip and finds a little girl playing tea party at a deserted swimming pool. He talks ...
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Is there any hidden significance to the song at the end o S06E09?

Just before the credits at the end of Castle S06E09 there is this scene: The look on Becketts face made me think it could have an underlying meaning other than 3XKs ...
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Is there any reason why mostly technology deprived planets are pictured in the Star Wars movies?

Just watched the Force Awakens, and I noticed that once again, mainly low-tech planets are shown in the movie, which is at odds with the technology described. Jakku seems to be a garbage dump, the ...
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Why is the title “Memento” in Spanish? [closed]

The title of the Memento (2000) by Christopher Nolan can be translated as "Remember" in English, which I imagine relates directly to the movie plot. What I do not understand is why is the title ...
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What's the deal with the rewind?

Funny Games (2007) was just a hard movie to watch period. But, I really got kicked in the head when Paul rewound the scene and started it over. What? After Paul and Peter return to the house with Ann,...
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What is the Wuxi Finger hold with which Po defeats Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda

In the movie Kung Fu Panda, in the final fight scene between Po & Tai Lung, Po defeats Tai Lung using Wuxi Finger hold. All we see in the movie is a release of energy & puff of dust moving ...
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Why is Walt special?

In Lost, there are countless mysteries, but one that started in the beginning of the series has struck my mind recently and my research cannot bring anything up. Walt Lloyd, Michael's son who he ...
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Why couldn't the black smoke fly away from the island?

Towards the end of the show Lost, we observe the Black Smoke Monster taking form of a human being in the face of John Locke. It is later revealed that his ultimate plan is to leave the island, however,...
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Why was Anubis always shown in 'animal form'?

All of the Gods of Egypt have a normal human appearance (beside that they are slightly taller). They can change forms to the animal-form which fits them most. But Anubis is only shown in animal form ...
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Why was Frodo so resistant to the ring?

I know, by the end, it had gotten the better of him, but the effect it had on Frodo compared to Boromir who was driven mad by it, doesn't seem fit at all. Also Sam was carrying it for a very short ...
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Why does the Puppet Master want to merge with Major?

In Ghost in the Shell (1995), there appears to be 3 intelligent forms Type 1: a completely organic person. Example: section 9's chief Type 2: a brain from a type 1 + some codes + a bio-mechanical ...
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What's the message of the movie Take Shelter?

The main thing that comes to mind about Take Shelter is how uncomfortable I felt during and after watching it. While I think it was well-made and probably was trying to achieve this effect, I have ...
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Why is she calling him a loser?

In the very last scene of Moneyball (2011), Billy listens to song that his daughter recorded for him while driving in his car. She changed the lyrics in the end, singing You're such a loser, dad, ...
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What is the last scene supposed to tell us?

At the end of Out of the Furnace, after Russell lethally shot DeGroat, much to Wesley's dismay, the last shot of the movie shows Russell sitting in his house at the table doing nothing: But I'm not ...
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Why was John Locke given choice to select an object by Richard in Lost S04E11?

Why was John Locke given a choice to select an object by Richard in Lost S04E11? What does it signify? I remember Locke (MIB in disguise) tells Richard to meet John because he will be their leader in ...
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Hand drawings in “A Walk Among the Tombstones”

In the movie A Walk Among the Tombstones, what was the significance of the drawings by the young black boy that was helping Matt? It looked like drawings appeared several times in the movie at ...
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Why is Libby calling her husband “Daddy”?

In the 2013 TV show "Masters of Sex", Libby Masters calls her husband William "Daddy". Apparently she uses this as a term of endearment. To be honest, I am a little creeped out by this. Does she have ...
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Is Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters a narcissist?

The scientist Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) from Ghostbusters has a very interesting personality, he is always flirting with female clients and is more laid back it seems than the other Ghostbusters. ...
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Was Arrow's change in moral alignment motivated by his audience?

The 1st season of Arrow had me (who is largely unacquainted with its literary source material) draw quite some comparisons to Bruce Wayne and his background, except for the fact that Oliver Queen has ...
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Is the martial arts choreography in the 2010 remake of Karate Kid realistic?

I am looking for an authoritative reference that supports either the plausibility or implausibility of the moves and techniques used by Jaden Smith / Jackie Chan in the remake of the Karate Kid. It's ...